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Birko’s Entryway Foamers and Boot Scrubbers/Washers Minimize Spread of Bacteria in Produce Plants

March 26, 2013

HENDERSON, Colo. – With the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) placing a greater focus on food safety, especially produce, producers will need additional help fighting pathogens. Birko, a leading provider of chemistry and equipment for the produce industry, recommends its entryway foamers and boot scrubbers/washers to minimize the spread of bacteria in produce processing plants.

Placed at all critical plant entries, entryway foamers help keep E. coli, Salmonella, Listeria and other pathogens from migrating via foot traffic and forklift tires.

“These fully automatic entryway foamer systems replenish a heavy antibacterial foam as needed throughout the shift. The entryway foamer can be set up as a stand-alone unit or linked in multiple units to a central chemical source,” said Jerry Oates, director of Birko’s equipment division. The new entryway foamer is completely manufactured in the United States by Chad Equipment, LLC, a Birko company, headquartered in Olathe, Kan.

The boot scrubbers/washers, also manufactured by Chad Equipment, LLC, automatically scrub, wash and sanitize the soles, tops and sides of boots and sanitize personnel’s hands at the same time.

“The boot scrubbers/washers help reduce cross-contamination between processing areas and eliminate cleaning labor,” said Mike Gangel, Chad Equipment’s president. “Together, the entryway foamers and boot scrubbers/washers form a protective shield around the produce processing area, stopping pathogens spread by foot traffic.”

The boot scrubber/washer will be on display in booth #1442 at United Fresh, May 14-16 in San Diego.

About Birko

Birko is a leading provider of food safety solutions to the meat, produce and beverage industries. Birko manufactures concentrated chemical formulations used in plant cleaning and sanitation, as well as antimicrobial interventions used to reduce pathogens from the manufacturing process of food. Birko’s equipment division, Chad Equipment, LLC, designs and manufactures chemical dispensing systems and state-of-the-art washing systems as well as equipment used for food safety protection in meat processing. Chad also provides ongoing service and support for its harvesting and processing equipment. Birko’s information technology includes BirkoStats™, an online chemical usage tracking system, and the BOSS™ Blend-On-Site System, which blends high performance cleaning products on-site from custom super concentrates. Founded in 1953, Birko is a WBENC Certified Women’s Business Enterprise and was awarded Supplier of the Century by the National Meat Association. birkocorp.com